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​Kiwi job losses touted as Fuji Xerox executive fallout continues

​Kiwi job losses touted as Fuji Xerox executive fallout continues

Print giant preparing to axe local jobs following an internal business shakeup, with managerial and back office roles on the chopping board across the country.

Fuji Xerox New Zealand is preparing to axe local jobs following an internal business shakeup, with managerial and back office roles on the chopping board across the country.

Fresh from the shock departure of Fuji Xerox Australia managing director Neil Whittaker across the Tasman, the Kiwi arm of the print giant has brought together a new senior leadership team led by managing director Gavin Pollard.

Pollard says the proposed changes are the result of a “complete review of the business” in New Zealand as well as changing market dynamics.

“Traditional print services remain at the core of what our customers want from us but increasingly print devices are used as components within the broader context of the digitally transformed organisation,” he says.

“This is an area of huge opportunity and we are investing heavily in skills and expertise to meet customer needs.”

According to Pollard, the change looks to put more people in customer-facing roles while removing “any unnecessary cost” from the business.

As such, Pollard says the downside is there are some roles that “may become disestablished” in a variety of managerial and back office roles.

“While we have had 50 years of success here in New Zealand, we have made sure our strategy positions us well in the light of changing market dynamics,” he adds.

The change comes just days after Kiwi IT veteran Whittaker, who ran the New Zealand business for over 11 years until March 2015, left the company in Australia, following an internal audit from the Singapore office.

In addition to Whittaker’s departure, general manager of Production Print Dean Murray also exited following a dramatic internal shake-up.

Fuji Xerox has been in New Zealand since 1964, currently employing over 500 employees with a turnover of approximately $300 million in 2014.

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